Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 1:15 PM EDT
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar 


The Hotel Concord 
11 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Driving Directions 


Robin H. LeBlanc 
Plan New Hampshire 

Placemaking - combining planning (even transportation planning!), community and the arts

sWouldn’t you like your community to be a place where people choose to be?  No matter the size, most people want to be in towns or neighborhoods that are vibrant and delightful.

There are many ways to plan and design such places.  We know that for most, walkability (and bike-ability) is key.  Choices in where to live, in how to get about.  Basic amenities (eg schools, library, Post Office, drug store and grocery).   Green parks, trails and water.  Places to gather, as well as cultural and historic resources.  These contribute to the social well-being of a community, and are the foundations of economic health.

The strongest communities, we are all learning, are those in which residents and business owners have a say in changes and in the future.  Whether an overall master plan or an empty lot or neglected building,  having people who are there taking part in determining what happens is key.

In placemaking, community members envision how they would like to shape a space for themselves, recognizing not only its physical characteristics, but also the social and cultural (and sometimes historical) values that make it their own. These are spaces for people first, often becoming the heart of a community.

They are the places that give a community it’s unique “sense of place.”  

In this day and a half conference, we will learn about placemaking and its emerging role in community planning (including transportation planning!) and design.  In addition, we will learn about creative placemaking - how the arts can play a significant part in enhancing public spaces of all sizes. 

Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18
The Hotel Concord

                        2.5 AIA  and AICP credits approved for Thursday, 4.25 for Friday.


Thursday October 17

12:30  OPTIONAL tour of The Hotel Concord and the new HRKNSS Co-work space.  Preregistration requested for headcount.

1:15 Doors open

2:00 Welcome

2:15 Planning and the Arts - how the arts can make planning more effective. Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

3:30 Break

3:45 Arts and Space - How and Why the Arts Have a Unique Role in Supporting Communities and Projects   Alexander Golob, President and Lead Artist, Golob Art LLC.

5:00 Reception (appetizers and cash bar) - no additional cost to attend but pre-registration requested for planning purposes.

6:15 Dinner on our own - but we can all be together at a location yet tbd.  If you wish to be part of this group, please do pre-register for headcount.

Friday, October 18

8:00 Doors open.  Light breakfast

8:30 Welcome

8:45 Placemaking in transportation planning.  Ben Stone, Director of Arts & Culture, Smart Growth America

10:00 BREAK

10:15 Hawk Talks - three quick presentations about Placemaking and Creative Placemaking

 -Placemaking in Manchester.  Jodie Nazaka, Manchester Planning Department

 -Rural Placemaking.  Amanda Whitworth 

 -Project for Public Spaces' Eleven Priciples for Great Community Spaces. Robin LeBlanc, Plan NH.

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Working with different personalities and other challenges in local creative placemaking projects Jessica Gelter, Arts Alive!

2:30 Wrap-up

3:00 Depart

3:00  OPTIONAL tour of The Hotel Concord and the new HRKNSS Co-work space.  Pre-registration requested for headcount.

NOTE: On Thursday, there is an optional reception and then a chance to go out for supper as a group. Please do register for these (see registration form) so that we can plan accordingly.



Thanks to  




And to 






 for their support of this conference

as well as 


for their great partnership.